National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
FREE ENTRY Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance, we celebrate the past, present and future of innovation on the railways. Dedicated to igniting our visitors’ curiosity about the people, places and engineering marvels behind the railways, we put our passion for amazing stories into everything we do.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Illbeburgered
    Lincoln, United Kingdom166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful if you like trains!
    As a 75 year old who used to go to school by steam train (61XX, aka 'tanner - wonner') it's the mecca. BUT!! where do you park the missus? 😢 NB: Closed Monday & Tuesday. Busy
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • By The Sea
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom479 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly amazing selection of rail related exhibits
    Been meaning to visit for some time and am really glad I visited. It basically has all you would expect of a railway museum, with an amazing selection of exhibits. Some of the tramway items were also interesting, as was the cutaway steam train. Well worth a visit
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Amy
    Taunton, United Kingdom199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for non-train fans too!
    Train fan or not, this is a great place! Killed some time before our train and came here, and it was great! Just to see such old trains in person was an amazing experience. The cafe was nice. We only managed to donate a small amount of money because we didn't realise the gift shop would be so expensive! (£5 for a small pin badge or keyring?) but I hope the profits of the gift shop go towards the museum as a donation. If I'm ever in York again I'll be back.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Rob F
    Fareham, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, what an amazing collection….
    Umm…I allowed a day, but need longer. What an amazing, and well presented collection. Great to see its busy, patience needed for photographs, and lots of school children on educational visits, some of these will be the custodians of the future. 👍🏻
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • bakes
    Thirsk, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Trains!
    Whilst in York decided to relive my childhood and go to the train museum with my younger brother! What a brilliant afternoon out, excellent display of trains, plenty of nostalgia, and a great set-up overall. Cafe lovely and the gift shop had some well priced souvenirs. They are having a refit at the moment, and I can't wait to visit when that's happened and see what's changed again!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Albywon
    Sydney, Australia11,875 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great if you like train history
    Tickets are free (£5 suggested donation) and can be booked online. Massive Museum with plenty of trains and carriages to inspect. First pressed penny machine I have ever seen that takes Google Pay lol. definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Deb C
    Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visit as always
    As always a great visit, despite a large part being closed for refurbishment. They’re in the middle of major works for their 50th birthday. We particularly enjoyed the signalling demonstration. My son is now 15 but still loves trains and still loves the museum. As do I!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Colin L
    Crawley, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day of Relection
    Visited as part of the Day of Reflection (Covid Memorial) Warmly welcomed by Kaylen and Carol at the entrance and despite the cold weather they greeted everyone in the same manner and were sympathetic to those that they had to sadly tell the museum was closed for the day. Interesting to see the trains in the museum going through the ages Nicely stocked shop as well. The museum did the railway proud that day as we came together to remember those friends and colleagues we lost during Covid
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 26 March 2023
  • JIY
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant and awe-inspiring
    This was our second visit. One of the rooms is currently being refurbished but this didn't affect our visit. Something for everyone, all types of train, collections. Filled with many different people. Great model railway and miniatures, too. A must-see in York.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Adrian B
    Bakewell, United Kingdom668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing day out that exceeded our expectations
    An amazing day out. I'm no train fanatic but the sheer number of trains and related paraphernalia is extraordinary. AND it's free - you just need to book. An easy and well signposted walk from the centre.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
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Mark M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
When in York a visit to the railway museum is a must. Free entry but a donation to help them maintain these lovely engines is the least you can do. Engines from the mallard to The flying Scotsman and a replica of the rocket are stunning. Even the first Japanese bullet train where you can sit in and experience what it was like to travel at cast speed. There is a VR experience of the flying Scotsman at an extra cost. We spent 4 hours there and still didn’t take it all in. Places to eat are in the grand hall and there is a little shop. If you’re a train enthusiast you really have to visit this museum
Written 29 February 2024
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Anthony C
Birmingham, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited on a very busy day in October half term where there were lots of families and tourists enjoying the displays. I confess to not being a railway enthusiast but I imagine if you are then this place is the holy grail. Entry is free and you get an awful lot for that with many locos on display in the main hall as well as huge amounts to see in the open storage areas. There is also an extensive shop which stocked everything you could possibly think of to do with the railways.
Written 26 February 2024
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ATLtraveler
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The museum was under construction when we visited, so I don’t know if there is typically (or eventually will be) more exhibit space, but we enjoyed the large exhibit hall with historically significant trains on display. It took about an hour to take them all in. The Mallard, Duchess, Shinkansen, and several others are real standouts and worth the visit.
Written 21 February 2024
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LawrenceByle
Telford, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Right up my street, loved it...
Some great examples of some older locos including the Mallard.
Allow 1 to 2 hours for the visit. There's a café if you need it too.
Written 20 February 2024
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Pauline H
Burscough, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Took Dad and hubby to see the Flying Scotsman, had the VR experience which at 94 was bad for my dad.Well worth a visit for train enthusiasts young or old
Written 18 February 2024
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Glenn K
Brisbane, Australia73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I had been back in the early 90s but I didn't find it too much different this time. I guess I was hoping for some more high-tech hands-on exhibits for the adults not just the kids, e.g. access to some train-related computer games and websites. The bookstore & However, tshop was a veritable treasure trove of really interesting books, games and other items. Access to the museum was easy with ample cheap parking across the road
Written 18 February 2024
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strangegirly
Whitchurch-on-Thames, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was amazing to see such famous engines including the Flying Scotsman and Mallard. The set up is brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed Wonderlab! The Cafe and shop great. Awesome day and very interesting even if you’re not massively into trains!
Written 17 February 2024
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Harry S
Yorkshire, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited on a rainy February day, the museum has plenty to look at and the staff were very friendly. The admission was free which was a pleasant surprise as not much is these days!

Only ‘downers’ we had was the cafe was seemingly expensive but as the entry was free we assume this was to assist with upkeep. The coffees were good so this seemed a fair deal.

Our 1 year old enjoyed the visit and we will visit again when she’s a little older when we’ll get something completely different from visiting.
Written 17 February 2024
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Amy
Wakefield, UK46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's good. Loved seeing the inside of the Shinkansen. We also explored the Wonderlab, which is a great thing for kids as it's an interactive exhibition. The model train was also a highlight of the visit.
This place is great for avid train fans.
Written 15 February 2024
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DayTrip115037
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Interesting for adults, less so for our children. They enjoyed the Lab experience but would have liked more hands on interaction.
Written 15 February 2024
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